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Wednesday, November 30 • 8:20am - 3:15pm
Initiative Implementation for Improved Transition Outcomes LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Despite the investment of considerable federal and state resources, employment of transition aged youth is well below that of their nondisabled peers. Youth with disabilities are significantly less likely to be employed after leaving high school compared to their nondisabled peers (57% to 66%) (Newman et al., 2009).

The field, and more importantly people with I/DD, would benefit greatly if stakeholders would move toward change management solutions. Instead of merely providing analysis of what is and what is not working, stakeholders need to become implementation champions to ensure employment and higher education are the two options for young people with disabilities. 

The purpose of this 8-hour workshop is to highlight initiatives that can contribute to improved transition outcomes. It will discuss family supports, post secondary education, young self-advocate development, and capacity building for sustainable and effective change. 

This workshop is ideal for State agency leaders and senior staff – VR, ED, DDS, DDC; educators, education leaders, VR practitioners, and adult service professionals; parents and family Members; advocates, self advocates and attorneys.

Who Should Attend?

  • State agency leaders and senior staff (Education, VR, DD Council, Disability Rights and more)

  • Educators, Education Leaders and Resource Professionals

  • Adult Service Professionals

  • Attorneys and Advocates

  • Parents and Family Members

  • Self-Advocates

Tentative Agenda (Subject to Change)

8:10AM-8:20AM- Welcome Remarks Facilitated by TBA

8:20-9:50 AM  Using the LifeCourse Framework to Engage Families and Transform Systems. Susan Bird, Erin Leveton and Emma Shouse

9:50-11:20 AM Community Conversations: Empowering Communities to Improve Transition Outcomes for Youth with Severe Disabilities. Jenifer Bumble

11:20 AM-12:00 PM Break 

12:00-1:30 PM Family Support in Post-secondary Education: Rethinking Efforts to Ground the Helicopter Parents. Grace L. Francis, Elizabeth Fuchs, and  Andrew J. Kliethermes 

1:30-3:00  On the Rise: Helping Young Advocates Grow (and Growing in the Process)
 Daniel Mellenthin, Josie Badger, Cara Liebewitz, and Derek Wetherall 

3:00-3:15 Where do we go from here. Presenters and audience engage in conversation

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Susan Bird

Missouri Family to Family
LifeCourse Framework, Supporting Families across the life span
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Erin Leveton

Director, State Office of Disability Adminstration, Department on Disability Services
Erin Leveton is the Program Manager of the State Office of Disability Administration at the District of Columbia Department on Disability Services, supporting the agency in policy and legislative affairs, program development, stakeholder relations, and helping DDS to accelerate gains in performance and best practice in areas such as Employment First, Person Centered Thinking, community integration, and self-determination/ supported... Read More →
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Daniel Mellenthin

Tri-County Advocacy Specialist, Resource and Product Coordinator, DMH Dept of DD STL Regional Office, SPAN-RAISE Project
Daniel Mellenthin, MS, CRC | Daniel serves as Tri-County Advocacy Specialist for DMH St Louis Regional Office, providing individual, family, agency, and systemic advocacy and skill-building across St Louis City, Jefferson County, and St Charles County. He also works as SPAN (Statewide Parent Advocacy Network) Project and Resource Coordinator, leading workgroups for resource and product development, managing website and social media productions... Read More →

Wednesday November 30, 2016 8:20am - 3:15pm
Grand A 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103